Shirley Van Black, age 81 of Lee’s Summit, Missouri went to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at St. Luke’s East in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She was born February 22, 1939 to Clyde Phillip and Bessie Evelyn Perrymann in White County, Indiana.
Our memories about mom are about her giving nature. She never had much in the way of possessions, but she was always a giver, not a taker. Mom would share anything she owned.
The most important thing to mom was Jesus and family, which explains why Christmas was such a major event to her. As children, we remember how she worked so hard and sacrificed to make Christmas special and magical. As young adults, we watched her reach out to the disadvantaged and bring anyone that needed help into her circle. If any one of her children had a friend in need, mom wanted to take them under her wing to protect them or provide for them as one of her own kids.
Mom was influenced by her father who never turned away a hungry mouth. During mom’s almost 20 years in the restaurant business, she frequently fed the hungry without charging them. Befriending those in hard times was her life’s work.
It was difficult for mom to adapt to retirement away from her restaurant friends, but she was able to settle in and make friends in the Wilshire Hills retirement community. Mom appreciated and valued her Wilshire friends. During her final six weeks, mom found real joy with the daily home visit caregivers. While she only knew the caregivers a few weeks, she was already beginning to think of them as her children.
Shirley is survived by three sons, Don Van Black Jr. and wife Denise of Bolivar, Missouri, Tom Van Black and wife Dawn of Liberty, Missouri and John Van Black and wife Pat of Harrisonville, Missouri; one daughter, Jeanie Murff and husband Mike of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Robert Perrymann; and three sisters, Ellen Eide, Margaret Perrymann and Evelyn Matthews Woodward.
* * * Graveside services were 2 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2020 at Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian, Missouri. Arrangements Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) Butler, Missouri. Contributions to American Cancer Society. Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.